Meet Holly — my forever friend.

Gosh. Editing these images brought tears to my eyes. Happy tears. Sad tears. I recently wrote Holly and thanked her for helping bring me back to life. It’s hard to find friends in this world who love you no matter what — through your faults, your struggles, your fears, your triumphs. It’s hard to meet people who you truly connect with — that listen with the intent to heal and love. I consider myself one of the luckiest people to have met Holly and I don’t know what I would do without her. She’s seen me hysterically laughing (and crying) and helped remind me what having a true spiritual relationship with a friend looks like.

Last fall, Holly was diagnosed with breast cancer and it was all I could do to hold it together because my life simply won’t work without her (and I know that sounds incredibly selfish)!! She’s my go-to person when I need someone to ground me, to listen to me and to remind me what’s important in life!  So when she was diagnosed with cancer I needed a minute to let it sink in. It’s hard to know how to help a friend when they get such a life changing diagnosis. It’s hard to know what to say. But I know I can take amazing photographs and I give a pretty darn good foot rub — so, that’s how I spent my December!

2015 was the year of finding independence and happiness in being alone. It was the year I saw part of the world and grew closer to myself. It was the year of figuring out what I need in life, in love, in friendship. It was the year I cut out anything that brought me down and added in people that brought strength to my soul.   And now here we are at 2016. 2016 is the year of Love. The year of finding joy and bringing joy to all those around me. Life is too short for anything else. I hope these images continue to bring joy to my dear friend who I will cherish always.

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  • Vickie Cherry-SmithJanuary 6, 2016 - 10:30 pm

    Thank you for this beautiful post. Holly is special to so many.ReplyCancel

  • Sandy Triplett OverlyJanuary 6, 2016 - 11:20 pm

    Reconnected with Holly on FB after many years of only seeing her a couple of times after she left the Rio Grande Valley. She’s still the same beautiful, caring, outgoing and charasmatic person I met some 20 years ago. You’ve captured her perfectly in these photos.ReplyCancel

  • Judy Kyle FreedJanuary 7, 2016 - 4:08 am

    Love all the pictures & the lovely write up.ReplyCancel

  • Annette VanDoverJanuary 7, 2016 - 5:19 am

    Lovely photos. Thoughts and prayers for Holly as she continues on her doctor’s treatment plan.ReplyCancel

  • Kate Flick StrzinekJanuary 7, 2016 - 6:04 am

    Gorgeous pictures & beautiful testament to your friendship.ReplyCancel

  • Eddie ColeJanuary 7, 2016 - 12:08 pm

    Beautiful pictures! Beautiful family! Beautiful friendship! Every person needs someone like Holly in their lives! I’m sure she’s glad you are in hers! Prayers coming for her healing and comfort!ReplyCancel

  • Carolyn Reinschmidt EganJanuary 7, 2016 - 3:09 pm

    Awesome photos! You captured the beauty of Holly inside and out!ReplyCancel

  • Layne Howard BrunerJanuary 7, 2016 - 4:10 pm

    Love this girl.ReplyCancel

  • Kathleen McGovern HojnackiJanuary 7, 2016 - 4:48 pm

    I don’t know Holly, but the photos capture her and her “loves”. You gave/are giving her something that is a part of you. Take good care, so you can continue your journey with her! Bless.ReplyCancel